Nutrition & SIBO
Have you heard about SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)? If you are someone with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), it’s likely that you have. It’s becoming a “buzz word”, with…
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If you are someone with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), it’s likely that you have. It’s becoming a “buzz word”, with some sources claiming IBS is actually SIBO in up to 60% of cases. With claims like that, we are finding many people are coming to us with questions.
We get it! IBS is a functional disorder, meaning although you have obvious symptoms, there is no inherent structural cause – and that is frustrating.
SIBO seems like the ‘perfect’ answer, a defined diagnosis and an actual treatment! Unfortunately, it’s not that clear-cut – and it’s leading to a lot of patients wasting time, money, and being bombarded with misinformation. Yes, we need to consider SIBO in some cases – but more importantly for you – was anything MISSED?
At Ignite we take an evidence based, step-wise approach to understand your digestive symptoms, including:
Use the power of nutrition to manage symptoms and improve digestive health.
The gut-brain connection - learn what it is, and how you can improve it.
Non-pharmacological & prescription.
Keeping those gut bacteria healthy & happy.
We will NOT suggest SIBO testing without ensuring other functional causes are ruled out first. We want to choose the route to manage your symptoms with the simplest, safest measures first.
In our comprehensive initial assessment, we take a detailed history, diving deep into understanding your symptoms. Our goal is to understand the underlying issue so we can solve it.
Many times we find patients haven’t yet had appropriate screening. We will work with your family doctor or gastroenterologist to ensure celiac disease, IBD and IBS have been ruled out.
Other things we frequently see missed include pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic constipation, gastric motility issues, food sensitivities, and so much more. It’s VERY important these all get ruled out first because our current diagnostic tools for SIBO are not as accurate as other tests.
The problem with SIBO is, the symptoms often mimic other diseases like IBS. IBS is a REAL condition with REAL options for management. It’s likely we will start there before moving on to SIBO testing. We do this to ensure nothing is missed; the test for SIBO isn’t as sensitive or specific as we would like – so this is an important first step.
At Ignite, we have created a unique system called our ‘4 Pillar Plan™’ for managing IBS, functional gut disorders and structural gut disorders.
Based on your symptoms we will create a personalized approach to help you start feeling better – fast.
Our goal is to get you feeling 70-80% better, 70-80% of the time within the first month. If we don’t hit those targets, then we begin to consider other causes of significant bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Dependant on remaining symptoms, this may also include a work up for SIBO.
At Ignite, we are able to act as coordinators for the test. We will work with your physician regarding diagnosis and treatment – with a team approach.
Through testing, treatment, & diagnosis, our dietitians are here to support you. The challenge with SIBO treatment and nutrition is, there is not yet a lot of evidence about the best ways to manage symptoms. However, it appears a healthy balanced diet, or a modified low FODMAP diet can help to prevent symptoms long term.
Our goal is to get you feeling as good as possible. There’s still a lot of research needed to fully understand SIBO, however we’re here to help you feel as good as possible and have the best quality of life – without crazy restrictive diets like you read about online.
Get to the bottom of your gut symptoms. Get started with nutrition counselling today!
This package is designed for anyone worried about or previously diagnosed with SIBO, IBS, or a functional gut disorder requiring the low FODMAP diet and our 4 Pillar Plan™ to help with management. Our specially designed 12-16 week program will help you feel in control of your symptoms in no time!
Please note, other packages and a la carte (per appointment) are available here.
Please note: hydrogen and methane breath testing is not part of this package and may be suggested in addition either through our health care system or privately – your choice!
One 1-hour initial assessment with personalized care plan.
Three 45 minute to 1-hour follow-up appointments with your dietitian.
Access to your dietitian via email for the duration of the package for questions (counselling must be done in session as there needs to be discussion and a collaborative approach.)
Access to our 4-week low FODMAP menu plan.
Exclusive 4-month access to our IBS database including additional educational videos and mindfulness tools.
If you have access to extended benefits, your benefits plan may cover all or a portion of dietitian services. If not, keep in mind that dietitian services is a tax-deductible medical expense!
Looking for more comprehensive care? Or maybe less of a commitment? Don’t worry – we have many package options to meet your needs and budget, including a la carte pricing at $190 per appointment, or package pricing of $180 per appointment.